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November 25, 2014

National Recreation Foundation Supports Wilderness Retreats for Homeboy Youth

We are excited to announce that Homeboy has received a $20,000 grant from the National Recreation Foundation, which will enable students at Homeboy’s Learning Works Charter School to go on wilderness retreats.

Many of the youth we serve have never left their neighborhoods except for periods of incarceration. Stepping outside their gang’s “safe zone” puts them at risk of violence. Youth whose parents have always struggled for daily survival often haven’t been to the beach, Griffith Park, or other public nature reserves that are part of the fabric of everyday life for middle-class Angelenos. Physical and geographic limitation can lead to psychological limitation—the “lethal absence of hope” that Fr. Greg often speaks about.

By literally taking youth outside their negative comfort zones on hikes and nature retreats, Homeboy fosters positive self-regard, peer mentoring, personal reflection, and safe, child-like play—internal transformations which pay off in the classroom and on the job.


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November 25, 2014

Porticus Invests in Infrastructure at Homeboy

Homeboy is pleased to announce that we have received $100,000 from Porticus to support professional development for our fulltime staff. Approximately one quarter of our 70-member staff is comprised of former trainees, who came to Homeboy to escape gang life or for help reentering society following a prison sentence. Other staff members have backgrounds in the nonprofit sector, business, ministry, and academia. This diversity is our strength—and with additional training, we are confident we can work even better as a team.

Homeboy Industries was founded on a belief in lifelong learning. As former trainee and current Anger Management/Domestic Violence Counselor Agustín Lizama (left) says, “We came here as broken-down individuals, and we came to build ourselves up.” This applies to everyone in the Homeboy family, and with help from Porticus, our “building up” will reach the next level.


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November 24, 2014

Thanks for Making Homeboy’s 5K Great—and Join Us Again Next Year!

As we consider the many things we’re grateful for this week, the Every Angeleno Counts 5K Run/Walk and Art Show leaps to mind. Not only did last month’s event raise funds to pay for more than a thousand hours of job training at Homeboy Industries, but we had a great time doing it, thanks to the 300+ staff, volunteers, community clients, and trainees who helped make it happen.

Nearly 3,000 runners took to the streets surrounding Homeboy headquarters. Fittingly, the route took them through several very different neighborhoods of Los Angeles, from the hills of Elysian Park to the storefronts of Chinatown. Another thousand Angelenos turned out to sample tacos and chilaquiles at the Homeboy Food Truck, shop the Vendor Village, and purchase work by local artists at a pop-up gallery on Bruno Street.

We’re already looking forward to next year’s 5K. Mark your calendar for October 24, 2015 join us in asserting that every Angeleno counts!


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November 24, 2014

Menard Family Foundation Donates $5,000 to Support Job Training and More

We are pleased to share that the Menard Family Foundation, which is devoted to “respect for the dignity and worth of every human person and acting on the Judeo-Christian values of justice and mercy,” has generously granted $5,000 to Homeboy Industries.

Homeboy is a therapeutic community—meaning that all of our programs are rooted in helping former gang members and previously incarcerated men and women discover their own worth. From on-the-job-training to classes like Leadership: Keeping it Real, Homeboy empowers clients to leave behind old habits and beliefs.

In the words of former trainee and current Director of Employment Services Jose Osuna: “For a long time I thought my story was that I was a hardcore gang member. The truth was that I was a lost little boy…. I thought my story was that I was weak because I walked through the doors of Homeboy Industries and left behind a lifestyle I’d had for 25 years. But I was strong, and my story was one of kinship and transformation.”


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November 07, 2014

eBay Foundation Helps Empower Homegirls

We are excited to announce that the eBay Foundation has donated $2,500 for job training and support services for women at Homeboy Industries; we are grateful to eBay’s Los Angeles GIVE Team and employee Corie Lahr, who nominated Homeboy.

At Homegirl Café, women learn key job skills in a safe, female-centric environment. This is especially important for women who have experienced domestic violence or lacked a voice in male-dominated gang culture. By working alongside other women, some of whom are from “enemy” gangs, Homegirl Café trainees begin to see each other as allies. Meanwhile, they learn all aspects of the food industry, working as bussers, servers, line cooks, and sous chefs.

Homeboy also offers several classes and support groups that focus on women’s issues: Narcotics Anonymous: Women to Women, Domestic Violence Intervention for Women, and Building Positive Relationships for Women (in partnership with Peace Over Violence).

These programs help break the cycle of violence and poverty, a process that former trainee and current Case Manager Natalie Venegas described this way: “I have struggles, but I also have a support network at Homeboy that I can reach out to. [My mother] didn’t have that. The little girl in me doesn’t always understand that, but the woman in me does. And with that understanding, I can forgive.”


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October 22, 2014

Open House and Farm-To-Table dinner!

 

Join Us on Nov. 1st 

For an open house and farm-to-table dinner

Open House - Saturday, November 1st  5:30-7:30
130 W. Bruno Street - Los Angeles, CA 90012

Drop by Homeboy Headquarters to sample and pre-order holiday delectables from tamales and granola to cookies and Homegirl’s special coffee brew.

This year only, taste a 2010 Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay produced by Speratus Winery.Order as a gift and 100% of the proceeds benefit Homeboy Industries.

AND, enjoy a reprise of the EVERY ANGELENO COUNTS ART SHOW & SALE  that made its debut on October 18th as part of this year's 5K Run. Proceeds from sales benefit Homeboy Industries.

Tasting fee is $15 and can be applied to your purchase or pre-order of gifts!

Please click here to register. 

Farm-to-table dinner

and transformation stories at the Homegirl Café

Saturday, November 1st beginning at 6:30 p.m.

It’s a new tradition! Seasonal family style dinner at the Homegirl Café topped off by Transformation Stories from men and women working through Homeboy Industries’ program.
 
The evening begins with light bites, libations and a wine auction. Attire is casual, but bring your credit card.
 
Attire is casual. Space is limited. Tickets are $75. Be prepared to be wowed by the company, the food, and the amazing work that goes on at Homeboy Industries.

Please click here to register. 


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October 18, 2014
September 23, 2014

Community Roundtable

Homeboy Industries and Children’s Institute, Inc. present our 2nd Community Roundtable

"The Impact of Domestic Violence on Children"

Tuesday, September 23rd
9am-2pm

Children's Institute, Inc. (Otis Booth Campus)
2121 Temple St.
Los Angeles, CA 90026

For more info and registration

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June 13, 2014

Fatherhood Solution Conference

Friday, June 13th
8:30am-5pm

7th Annual Fatherhood Solution Conference
Westin LAX Hotel
5400 West Century Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90045

I’ve attached the conference brochure and below is the link to the registration website:

http://www.childrensinstitute.org/events/details/117

 


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May 29, 2014

Transformation Stories Live: An Evening of Kinship and Compassion at Homeboy Industries

Join us on May 29th for Transformation Stories Live in the intimate setting of Homegirl Café. Celebrate the lives of the men and women who courageously choose the path of transformation every day at Homeboy Industries as we gather together to hear their stories. 

RSVP now!

2014 Homeboy Hero Jose Rodriguez and Homeboy trainees will share their stories. The program will be preceded by food and cocktails catered by Homegirl Café.

The event is $12 per person. Proceeds support Homeboy Industries.

When: Thursday, May 29; reception at 5:30, hourlong program at 6 p.m.

Where: Homegirl Café, 130 Bruno St., Los Angeles, CA, 90012

Please RSVP here: https://homeboyind.wufoo.com/forms/rsvp-for-transformation-stories-live/

And don't forget: May is Lo Maximo month, which means that everyone who signs up as a monthly giver through Tattoos on the Heart will receive a bag full of Homeboy goodies!


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April 26, 2014

Salud Arte: Building Healthy Communities

Salud Arte


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April 12, 2014

Goodeggs Foodhub Opening

Please stop by the Homeboy Industries table at the Goodeggs Los Angeles Foodhub Opening on Saturday, April 12, 2-6pm 2760 Clearwater Street Los Angeles, CA 90039 Live music, food, drinks, games, fun for the entire family! Goodeggs.com/lafoodhubopening


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April 04, 2014

PLACAS: The Most Dangerous Tattoo

PLACAS “PLACAS: THE MOST DANGEROUS TATTOO” Paul S. Flores &
San Francisco International Arts Festival
present “Healing from Violence” A Conversation with Alex Sanchez of Homies Unidos, Father Greg Boyle of Homeboy Industries and Jerry Tello of National Compadres Network & National Latino Fatherhood and Family Institute Friday, April 4th, 2014. 5:30pm-7:00pm (updated times), FREE at Los Angeles Theater Center (LATC) 514 S. Spring Street,
Los Angeles, CA 90013 You are invited to attend this special conversation with community leaders working on local, national and international levels who will be discussing the topic of “Healing from Violence.”


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April 02, 2014

Safe Neighborhoods And Schools Rally

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February 20, 2014

Community Roundtable

On Thursday, March 20, 2014, in collaboration with Homeboy Industries, Children's Institute, Inc. will hold a one-day community roundtable to discuss several of the issues related to helping individuals successfully reintegrate into society after incarceration. We hope you'll join us! Click on the image for more information. roundtable


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December 14, 2013

Usher in the holidays with Transformation Stories at Homegirl Cafe

Please join us Saturday, December 14 at 4 p.m. for a special holiday edition of our ongoing Transformation Stories events. Experience inspiring stories of kinship and courage from Homeboy trainees, enjoy tamales from Homegirl Cafe and enter the raffle to win a gorgeous gingerbread house from Homeboy Bakery! From the margins to finding the Homeboy community, Homeboy trainees will share their experiences, revealing how while working at Homeboy their lives have been changed and how community trumps gang.

RSVP HERE

Learn how you can become a sustaining member of the Homeboy Industries community during the holidays and beyond, through our monthly giving program, Tattoos on the Heart.

This afternoon of kinship will feature tamales, as well as other light bites and aguas frescas from Homegirl Café.

Transformation Stories Saturday, December 14th, 2013 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. (light bites at 4, program at 4:30) Homegirl Cafe 130 West Bruno Street Los Angeles, California 90012 Come on down. Please bring a friend. Admission by donation.

Presented by Tattoos on the Heart, Homeboy Industries’ new monthly giving program.

Easy monthly giving funds major monthly transformations.


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November 23, 2013

Fighting Shadows, Richard’s Cabral’s one man show

FIGHTING SHADOWS by RICHARD CABRAL, with ROBERT EGAN This is a passionate and poignant one man show celebrating the power of human transformation and redemption. The play is filled with story, poetry, music and love. Raised by a single mother in East Los Angeles, Richard fell victim to the self-destructive cycle that he and his family were born into -- gangs and drug addiction, and a life of crime that began in his early teens. By the age of 14, Richard was incarcerated. By 20 he was accused of shooting a rival gang member and fought a 35-year-to-life sentence. Through his art as actor and storyteller and his relationship with Homeboy Industries, Richard would turn his former life of pain into a thing of beauty. Richard now helps others who still struggle with the violent lives they were born into -- to see the light as he did. This one man show is his story. Richard Cabral is a professional actor who grew up in the gang world of East Los Angeles. He was recently awarded Homeboy Industries “Homeboy Hero Award” given to the former gang member who has moved on, 'graduated" from the Homeboy program, someone who has most profoundly transformed his/her life. Richard has been in five feature films, numerous television shows and now this, his first major theatre piece. His most recent movie appearance was in the Ridley Scott film, THE COUNSELOR. Robert Egan is a professional director, dramaturge and producer. He was the Producing Artistic Director of the Mark Taper Forum for 20 seasons and presently is the Artistic Director/Producer of the Ojai Playwrights Conference. Robert has worked with Homeboy Industries for over a decade and was one of the original creators of the Lo Maximo Award ceremony. Suggested $10 donation at the door. Tickets are free. RSVP REQUIRED Performance at Los Angeles Theatre Center, 514 South Spring Street, Los Angeles, California 90013


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November 02, 2013

Basketball Game vs. Power 106

Saturday November 2nd. Get your tickets for the battle on the court. Homeboy's basketball team will take on popular LA radio's Power 106.

Tickets are $10. Limited VIP tickets available. Get yours here.

Doors open at 5:30 pm. Game time is 6 pm.


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September 21, 2013

2013 5K Run/Walk

Join us this Saturday for the 4th annual Homeboy Industries 5K Run/Walk at Los Angeles State Historic Park!

Early packet pick-up is at Homegirl Café on Friday, the night before the race, from 3-7 p.m.

Saturday, September 21, 2013
6-7:30 a.m. - On-site registration and packet pick-up
8 a.m. - Race time
The Homeboy Marketplace will be open until 11 a.m. with food and fun for everyone!
Los Angeles State Historic Park
1245 N Spring St, Los Angeles, CA ‎


On-site registration will be $45.00/adults, $20.00/kids $40.00/team members. We will accept cash, credit cards & checks.
-Donate to support Team Homeboy as our homeboys and homegirls run alongside case managers, employment services counselors and volunteer teachers. We'll all say thanks!


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August 22, 2013

Wine tasting event hosted by the Los Angeles Paralegal Association will benefit Homeboy

The Los Angeles Paralegal Association is holding a wine tasting on August 22. Proceeds from the event will go to support job training and the free services and programs offered at Homeboy Industries. Homeboy speakers will be on hand to share their experiences and answer questions. Learn more and register at www.lapa.org. L.A. Paralegal Assocation hosts benefit wine tasting event for Homeboy


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June 23, 2013

Kris Kristofferson & John Flynn Benefit Concert for Homeboy Industries


Smothers Theater, Pepperdine University


June 23rd, 2013 at 7:30 pm

kris kristofferson live in concert
Kris Kristofferson


Tickets are on sale NOW!

Tickets can be purchased in person at the Smothers Theater box office, over the phone at (310) 506-4522, or online at http://pepperdinearts.ticketforce.com/.

VIP Tickets @ $250 include a private post-performance dessert reception with the artists and Father Greg Boyle

Additional tickets are $75 and $45.

Proceeds support job training and wraparound services for formerly gang-involved and previously incarcerated men and women at Homeboy Industries. Call (323) 526-1254 x312 with questions. In addition to regular reserved seating tickets, a select number of VIP packages will be available, which will include premium seating within the first three rows, a limited-edition commemorative concert poster, and a meet-and-greet opportunity with Kristofferson, John Flynn, and Homeboy Industries founder Fr. Gregory Boyle after the show.


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May 18, 2013

“G-DOG” held over in Los Angeles Laemmle theaters - May 18 & 19



Thanks to audience support, "G-DOG" has been held over once again through May 19th at Laemmle theaters in Pasadena and Claremont. Saturday, May 18th - 11am // Sunday, May 19th - 11am. Thanks for spreading the word to your friends and family!

* Laemmle Playhouse 7, 673 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91101
* Laemmle Claremont 5, 450 W. 2nd St., Claremont, CA 91711

Check out the trailer: G-DOG Trailer

Purchase tickets: Online Tickets


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May 04, 2013

“G-DOG” extended screenings in Los Angeles - May 4 & 5



If you missed the SoCal theatrical debut of "G-DOG" last week, you're in luck!! Due to popular demand, "G-DOG", the new documentary about Homeboy and Father Greg, has been extended through this weekend at Laemmle theaters in Santa Monica, North Hollywood, Pasadena and Claremont. Saturday, May 4th - 11am // Sunday, May 5th - 11am.

Join Academy Award-winner, Freida Lee Mock, for a special Q&A following the screening of "G-DOG" in Santa Monica.

Join Homeboy staff for Q&A's following the screenings in NoHo, Pasadena and Claremont.

* Laemmle Monica 4-Plex, 1332 2nd Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401
* Laemmle NoHo 7, 5240 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601
* Laemmle Playhouse 7, 673 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91101
* Laemmle Claremont 5, 450 W. 2nd St., Claremont, CA 91711

Check out the trailer: G-DOG Trailer

Purchase tickets: Online Tickets


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April 25, 2013

“G-DOG” - Purchase the DVD today

G-Dog the Movie

Get your copy today from the Homeboy Industries Merchandise Store and Online.
CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE THE DVD NOW
G-Dog is a story about second chances - about the charismatic visionary Greg Boyle, a Jesuit priest who rescues kids from gangs by launching the largest, most successful gang intervention and rehab program, Homeboy Industries, now an international model. "Must See Film..." - Huffington Post "Inspirational" - LA Times "Amazing Film" - Film Talk, KPCC "Riveting…Brilliantly Told" - Latino Weekly Review


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April 20, 2013

Homeboy at the LA Times Festival of Books - April 20 & 21

Please swing by and support the Homeboy booth at the upcoming LA Times Festival of Books!!! Saturday, April 20th and Sunday, April 21st. We'll be near the cooking stage and food trucks in the Blue Zone on Cromwell Field at USC - Booth #2081. Father Greg will be signing his NY Times best-seller, Tattoos on the Heart, and Homegirl Cafe Chef Pati Zarate will sign her beautiful, brand-new cookbook, Hungry for Life. Father Greg will be available: Saturday, 10-11am/4:30-6pm & Sunday, 12-5pm. Chef Pati will be available all throughout each day. We look forward to seeing you there!! Free and open to the public. For more info, go to the event website at: http://events.latimes.com/festivalofbooks/


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April 16, 2013

“G-DOG” AT NAPA VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL - April 16-18

The Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF) is thrilled to present the documentary "G-Dog", by Academy Award-winner Freida Lee Mock, as the first event of the 2013 NVFF K-12 Education & Outreach Program. After a well-received screening at last November's festival, the NVFF wants to continue sharing this important story with the community. Homeboy staffers and "G-Dog" co-stars, Hector Verdugo and Fabian Debora, will attend the screenings and discussions. Please join them at one of the following shows: Tuesday, April 16th, 5:30-8pm - Robert Louis Stevenson Middle School Auditorium. Wednesday, April 17th, 5:30-9pm - Napa District Auditorium. Thursday, April 18th, 6:30-9:30pm - American Canyon High School Auditorium. Possible additional screening in Calistoga TBA. Admission is free for students with ID, and $5 for adults. Tickets sold at door. More info at: http://napavalleyfilmfest.org/2013/gdog-edu/


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April 05, 2013

“G-DOG” at Cleveland International Film Festival - April 5-6

The 37th Cleveland International Film Festival will screen the new documentary, "G-Dog", for two nights. One of its stars, Homeboy Substance Abuse Counselor and resident artist, Fabian Debora, will be in attendance, along with Academy Award-winner, Freida Lee Mock. Two screenings: Friday, April 5th, 7:10pm. Saturday, April 6th, 4:40pm. Tower City Cinemas, Tower City Center, 230 W. Huron Road, Cleveland, OH 44113. For more info, go to: http://www.clevelandfilm.org/films/2013/g-dog.


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March 05, 2013

“G-DOG” film screening in Sydney, Australia

For those Homeboy supporters who live Down Under, please go support the Closing Night screening of "G-Dog", the new doco about Homeboy Industries and Father Greg, by Academy Award winner Freida Mock. Homeboy staffers, and "G-Dog" stars, Louis Perez and Fabian Debora, will be there to welcome you with big, open arms! Please stop by to say g'day and lend your support. Tuesday, March 5th. 6pm. Big Picture Film Festival, Event Cinemas, Sydney, Australia. Tickets required. More info at: http://www.thebigpicture.org.au/wordpress/?event=g-dog-closing-night-film-plus-supper-package


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December 15, 2012

2012 Homeboy Industries 5K Run/Walk - December 15, 2012

Saturday, December 15, 2012
8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Los Angeles State Historic Park

Join us for a great morning in the park to support Homeboy Industries!

- Registration & check-in open at 6:00am
- Come early for breakfast and shopping in the Homeboy Marketplace
- Race begins at 8am
- Stay late for post-race lunch, shopping, entertainment and community booths

What you can do now:
- Sign up to run!
- Spread the word!
- Put together a team!
- Become a corporate sponsor!
- Donate to support Team Homeboy as our homeboys and homegirls run along side case managers, employment services counselors and volunteer teachers. We'll all say thanks!

Registration Information
- $40 Adults
- $20 Children
- $30 Groups (10 or more registrants)

Each registrant will receive an exclusive 2012 Homeboy Industries 5K Run/Walk t-shirt, along with a goodie bag and a certificate for free Angela's Potion in the Homegirl Cafe or Homeboy Bakery.

Register online now!


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October 10, 2012

G Dog - Sun Valley Film Festival

Meet Homeboy Industries' Associate Executive Director, Hector Verdugo, and Director of Re-Entry Services, Shirley Torres, cast members in the new documentary G-Dog, a film by Academy Award winner Freida Lee Mock at a VIP reception and benefit screening. Saturday, October 13th. 7pm. Sun Valley Opera House, Sun Valley, ID. Tickets required. http://www.sunvalleyonline.com/2012/10/02/g-dog-sun-valley-film-premiere


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August 21, 2012

Music & Film Festival - Ford Theatre - August 21, 2012

Bring a picnic or grab dinner at the Homeboy Marketplace, rock out to your favorite Oingo Boingo songs with Johnny Vatos Boingo Dance Party (featuring former members of Oingo Boingo) and then, after the sun goes down, watch an advance screening of “G-DOG”, the new documentary from Academy Award ® Winning filmmaker, Freida Lee Mock. The film follows Father Greg Boyle and the men and women of Homeboy Industries as they faced the financial crisis that almost closed their doors forever.

Gates @ 6:00pm / Band @ 7:30pm / Movie @ 8:30pm

General Admission is $40 (advance)/$45 (regular), VIP is $150 (advance)/$155 (regular). To purchase tickets, please CLICK HERE or call 323.461.3673


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June 17, 2012

Free Screening of “G-Dog” at LA Film Fest

"G-Dog", the new film by Academy Award winning film maker, Freida Lee Mock, will be screening at this year's LA Film Fest on Father's Day (Sunday, June 17, 2012) at 4:20pm at the Regal Cinemas at Regal Cinemas LA Live. Tickets are free, but space is limited. For more information about the LA Film Fest, and to reserve your tickets, go here. The documentary, which features Father Greg, Hector Verdugo, Louis Perez, Shayna Welcher, Brian Moon and Kyle Shoaf, chronicles life at Homeboy Industries during the economic crisis that almost forced it to close its doors. For more information about the film, visit their website at www.gdogthemovie.com.


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June 08, 2012

Town Hall Meeting: Save Adult Education in LAUSD!

The Los Angeles Unified School District has taken away most funding for Adult Education within the district. Adult Education is vital for the members of this community as it is an affordable source of quality education and vocational training. Please join Father Gregory Boyle and Homeboy Industries as we open our doors to the public and invite our community's leaders to candidly discuss this impacting issue. Friday, June 8 @ 4pm Homeboy Industries Headquarters 130 West Bruno Street Los Angeles, CA 90012


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